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Google's hardware event, Pixel 4 & ASUS Flip C433 leaks
On this week’s episode, we talk through leaks and how the sheer amount of them around the Pixel 4 have made Google’s upcoming hardware event a bit of an interesting proposition. At this point, what are they even going to say when they get on stage? And, with all these Pixel 4 leaks, it almost feels like everyone is getting a bit bored of them now. Right in the middle of that malaise, however, we have fresh leaks of a new device from ASUS in the Flip C433 that we hope to see very soon. In sharp contrast to the leak fatigue felt by followers of the Pixel 4, these leaks have reignited the desire for this type of thing in the Chromebook space. With both FCC listings and new retail photos showing up, we’re extremely excited by ASUS’ latest flagship Chromebook. We also talk a bit about the other Google hardware available now in the Nest Hub Max and upcoming in the Nest Home Mini that just passed through the FCC. The Nest Home Mini leaked a bit over a week ago and just passed through the FCC, so we now know that it is not just a rumor, but a real device likely bound for Google’s upcoming hardware event. Finally, we discuss Stadia getting full Chrome support for the XBOX One S controller and Sony’s DualShock 4 as well including vibration over both wired and wireless connections. It is a packed show and we’re excited for you to listen along! NOTABLE LINKS Move over Pixel 4 – new leaked images of the upcoming ASUS Chromebook Flip C433 are here Google’s Nest Home Mini surfaces at the FCC and confirms its existence Chrome’s new feature will let you share your clipboard with synced devices October 15th may be the day we welcome the next Pixelbook into the world The latest Chromebook from ASUS is now priced to sell Nest Hub Max now available basically everywhere New ASUS Flagship Chromebook (C433) FCC filing: new info, photos and release date window This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started.
1:20:12
September 13, 2019
Another wave of new Chromebooks, Ambient Displays & Pixel 4 landing pages
In this week’s episode of The Chrome Cast, we’re talking about yet another round of Chromebooks that have now been announced at IFA. In the past two weeks, we now have multiple different models with different screen sizes from both Acer and Lenovo for the upcoming holiday season. With the introduction of these devices, we’re hoping to see better entry-level devices across the board with lower prices and better performance at this price point than we’ve ever seen before. Much of our episode this week is dominated by a discussion around the new Ambient Mode built into a select few, new tablets and coming to more devices soon. We talk quite a bit about why we think we’ll see this on Chromebooks soon and why we think it could end up being a pretty big deal in the end. Finally, we had to talk about the Pixel 4 landing page Best Buy has created for customers to sign up to receive information about the phone closer to launch. Just another odd, quirky step in the Pixel 4 saga, but worth chatting about for sure. Notable Links Google’s Ambient Display for Android will soon be available on some Chromebooks, too ASUS Chromebook C425 Unboxing and Hands-On [VIDEO] Google’s Ambient Display for Android will soon be available on some Chromebooks, too New Geekbench scores reveal big performance bump for Mediatek’s upcoming Chromebook chips Acer debuts four budget-friendly Chromebooks at IFA Berlin Just released and already on sale. $75 off the all new ASUS Chromebook C425 This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
1:03:25
September 6, 2019
The new Chromebook wave has begun
This week on The Chrome Cast, we cover a ton of topics, but our main chatter revolves around new Chromebooks from Dell and Lenovo that attack the space very different angles.  Dell is coming from an Enterprise-focused, high-dollar approach and Lenovo is bringing their new affordable to mid-range devices officially to market. Additionally, we talk about rumors of a possible Pixel Watch, some additions and changes to trackpad UI on Chromebooks, the coming end of the first generation Chromecast, and Google's new way to search and find Podcasts on the web.  It's a packed episode, but there's a lot to cover this week! NOTABLE LINKS Lenovo debuts new Chromebook line ahead of IFA Berlin Massive UI change coming to Chromebook trackpads Finding your next favorite podcast just became easier The Original Chromecast bids farewell to future updates, Google vows to continue patches Dell Latitude Enterprise Chromebooks now available: Prices starting at $900 Dell and Google Cloud announce Chromebooks for Enterprise with industry-first 32GB RAM and up to 1TB NVMe This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
1:00:59
August 30, 2019
The Chrome Cast 24: Latest Stadia Updates & Nest Home Mini
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend quite a bit of time talking all things Stadia. From the latest Stadia Connect to sightings of UI elements at Gamescom to the probability of the 3rd-gen Chromecast gaining Stadia Support, the Stadia hype train is in full swing and there’s a lot to talk about surrounding Google’s upcoming gaming platform. We also talk a bit about some of the rocky transitions happening with Google and Nest finally merging. While Google has tried to take most things into account, there are some factors that users need to know in order to make a smooth move from a Nest to a Google account. Finally, we talk a bit about the excitement around the rumor of a Nest Home Mini that looks to be the proper successor to the wildly popular Google Home Mini. With better sound, a headphone jack, a similar size and a similar price as the first Mini, we are very excited to see where this next step in the Mini line takes us. NOTABLE LINKS Partial Stadia on-screen UI for Chromecast shown in photo from Gamescom booth Upcoming Nest Mini is a Google Home Mini 2 with improved sound & more Nest users: Read this before migrating to Google Accounts or you might break things 3rd-gen Chromecast could be Stadia’s secret weapon Today’s Stadia Connect further reinforces developer excitement around the platform This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
1:14:22
August 23, 2019
Switch to Chromebook ads, Stadia Connect coming soon & Chrome OS 76
This week on The Chrome Cast, we take a bit of time to talk through the new Chromebook ads Google has released in the past week. With great production value, concise points, and a clear message, these ads are being backed up by a whole new Chromebooks landing page as well as a special spot by Bill Nye. We also chat about the upcoming Stadia Connect that is slated for this upcoming Monday and what we expect to see at that event. With Gamescom happening in the days following Stadia Connect, we’re equally excited about more press members getting hands-on time with Stadia from the Germany-based gaming conference. Finally, we take a deep dive into Chrome OS 76 and talk through all the new features on offer from Chrome OS in one of the larger feature updates we’ve seen in quite some time. Enjoy! NOTABLE LINKS Google steals a page from Apple’s playbook for new ‘Switch to Chromebook’ ad campaign Chrome OS 76 brings a fix to a bug that has plagued tablet mode for nearly a year Chrome OS 76: New features actually available this go-round What’s new with your Chromebook? Chrome OS gets dedicated new features site Google’s new Chromebook landing page gets total overhaul, targets the consumer market Get yourself Stadia-ready with this Chromecast Ultra deal Chrome OS 76 finally makes the camera worth using on your Chromebook This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
1:06:38
August 16, 2019
New Pixel 4 Leaks, Stadia Connect, and Wi-Fi 6
As always, there’s a ton to talk about in the Chrome and Google universe this week, but we’re focused in a few key things. First up, we’re talking about the latest leaks surrounding the Pixel 4 that include a 90hz display, 6GB of RAM, and a possible DSLR-like camera attachment for the king of camera phones. We also spend some time talking about the next Stadia Connect coming soon and some of the ways that players will interact with the entire experience once it becomes available. Finally, we spend some time discussing Wi-Fi 6, why it matters and when you can expect to see the benefits of it in real life. Oh yeah, we also take a few minutes to talk through the addition of Virtual Desks in Chrome OS 77 Dev Channel and how it actually feels to use this new feature to get stuff done. NOTABLE LINKS This new Chrome OS Dev Channel feature will change how I use Chromebooks forever Chrome Unboxed Exclusive Deal: ASUS Chromebox 3 for $215 ‘Akemi’ joins the growing list of upcoming Comet Lake Chromebooks A handful of upcoming Chromebooks will support Wi-Fi 6 as early as this fall Could Google’s Stadia chime the rebirth of the Chromebit? This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
1:28:53
August 9, 2019
Pixel 4, 'Atlas', Google's Upcoming Event, and more on Stadia
So much has happened in the last week since our last podcast, so we’re only focusing in on the big stuff. With Google leaking out more details on the upcoming Pixel 4 and its new face unlock and Motion Sense tech, we’re talking about the implications for Chromebooks, starting with ‘Atlas’ at the upcoming Google hardware event. We also spend quite a bit of time discussing new updates on Stadia, a probable Stadia Connect in the next few weeks, and a handful of questions around how the whole thing will work for users who only have a Chromecast Ultra, the Stadia controller and a TV. Thanks for listening! NOTABLE LINKS Want a Chromecast remote? You likely already have one New Virtual Desk features show Google taking Chrome OS UI development more seriously [VIDEO] Could Google’s Stadia chime the rebirth of the Chromebit? Face unlock coming soon to Chrome OS and may debut with ‘Atlas’ alongside Pixel 4 Google’s next Stadia Connect teased in ad, coming soon with more details New ‘Google Atlas’ [Pixelbook 2] Benchmarks Point To More Affordable #madebyGoogle Chromebook This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
1:15:18
August 2, 2019
The Chrome Cast 20: Google's New 'Atlas' Chromebook & Fall Hardware Event
Not surprisingly, this week’s episode of The Chrome Cast circled around Google’s upcoming hardware event, it’s timing, and the enigma known only as ‘Atlas’. Talking through the recent decision by Google to ‘leak’ the Pixel 4, an FCC filing for a new Chromebook by Google, and a leaked-retracted-confirmed date for the launch date of the Nest Home Hub all make for a pretty compelling case that Google might just surprise us all with an earlier hardware event this year. We additionally spend some time talking through not just the addition of LTE coming in a broader sense to Chromebook, but the impact that move will have on the industry. Finally, we talk new, Chrome OS-specific keyboards from companies like Logitech and the importance of this new trend. Oh, and we had to at least mention 4-finger swipes coming for Virtual Desks! Notable Links Likely Pixelbook 2 ‘Atlas’ Passes Through FCC, Septmeber Google Hardware Event Possible The Cat’s Out Of The Bag: Nest Hub Max To Launch Sep. 9th LTE Chromebooks Could Soon Be Far More Common This Latest Addition Makes Virtual Desks In Chrome OS 76 My Favorite New Feature Logitech Boards The Chrome OS Keyboard Train This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
59:47
July 26, 2019
Chromebook Gaming From Stadia To Roblox And A Likely Samsung Chromebook Pro Candidate
This week on The Chrome Cast, we spend a good bit of time talking about the present and future of gaming on Chromebooks. As Stadia continues looming over the future, there are already a few games for Chromebooks that are taking full advantage of the Chromebook form factor and all it brings to the table. With keyboards, mice, and larger screens, Chromebooks are a great target for developers to attract new, untapped audiences if they decide to take the platform seriously. Additionally, we’re talking about quite a few new features that are either here or on the way for Chromebooks from password management to dark mode in Chrome for Android. Finally, we discuss what for us at Chrome Unboxed is probably the most exciting thing: a new Samsung Chromebook Pro in the works currently going by the codename ‘Kohaku’. Thanks for listening! NOTABLE LINKS Chrome OS Overview Mode UI Overhaul In The Works The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 Is Now Worth Your Full Attention Chromecast/Android Ambient Mode Coming To Chrome OS Roblox On Chrome OS Is Doing It Right And Others Should Follow Suit How To Try Chrome 77’s Massively-Improved Dark Mode Right Now New Chrome OS 75 Feature Makes Password Management So Much Better More Proof ‘Kohaku’ Will Be The Samsung Chromebook Pro V2 This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
1:21:26
July 19, 2019
Ready For The Next #madebyGoogle Chromebook In The Pixelbook Family
The Chrome Cast is back at it this week, and our discussion is dominated by Google’s upcoming ‘Atlas’ Chromebook that we feel sure will either be the Pixelbook 2 or at least in the Pixelbook family of devices. So many things about ‘Atlas’ are confusing and could point to various end games for Google, but we feel like we’ll get some real answers soon. Additionally, we’re talking about yet another addition to the ‘Hatch’ family of devices that goes by the name of ‘Kled’, the release, pause, re-release, and eventual full release of Chrome OS 75, Amazon Prime Videos getting Chromecast support, and some killer deals on fantastic Chromebooks as we approach Amazon Prime Day. Enjoy! NOTABLE LINKS Upcoming #madebyGoogle ‘Atlas’ Chromebook Photo Leaks Showing Pixelbook Design Cues Chrome OS 75 Is Here. Again. Seriously This Time How To Score Massive Deals on Two Fantastic Chromebooks Up To $250 Off at Best Buy You Can Finally Cast Your Amazon Prime Videos New Chromebook ‘Kled’ Shows Up To Join The Expanding ‘Hatch’ Family Save Hundreds On These Monster Refurb Chromebooks w/1-year Warranty This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
56:50
July 12, 2019
The New Chromebooks Are Coming!
Based on that title, you can probably guess what we talked about this week. From all angles, the last part of 2019 looks primed to deliver a vast army of Chrome OS devices on every front. We have ‘Hatch’-based Chromebooks, Snapdragon 845 Chromebooks, MediaTek 8183 Chromebooks, and maybe even AMD flagships coming in the next 5 months. All these additions to the landscape will likely change the consumer Chromebook market for the better and there’s a ton to consider when thinking about all this new hardware showing up in the space. Additionally, we talked about Chrome OS 75 sputtering out the gate and the ensuing halt on updates, what we’re expecting to see in the highly-anticipated Chrome OS 76 update, and a great deal available to YouTube TV subscribers. NOTABLE LINKS Google Halts Rollout of Chrome OS 75 Chromebook Lock Screen Getting A Media Control Widget New ‘Hatch’-Based Chromebooks ‘Helios’, ‘Kindred’ & ‘Kohaku’ Will Be Very Powerful How To Get A Nest Home Hub For $50 If You’re A YouTube TV User We’re Finally Beginning To See More Snapdragon Chromebooks Another MediaTek Chromebook In The Works: Where Are You Qualcomm? This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
1:11:05
July 5, 2019
Google Possibly Making a More Affordable Pixelbook
This week on The Chrome Cast, our discussion time circled mainly around Google, Pixelbook, and what a new commit in the repositories could mean for the future of the Pixelbook line from an affordability standpoint.  With the removal of NVMe signaling a more affordable PIxelbook, could the Pixel 3a mindset end up permeating into Google's Chromebook efforts this year? Additionally, we chat about the emergence of the baseboard 'Hatch' as this year's version of 'Nami', which gave us the Acer Chromebook Spin 13, HP Chromebook x360 14, Dell Inspiron Chromebook, Lenovo Yoga C630 in 2018.  With 'Hatch', we have 'Helios', 'Kindred', and 'Kohaku' as boards all being derived from the same source and we're pretty confident we'll see these boards emerge from all the usual players in the fall of 2019.  NOTABLE LINKS ‘Atlas’, Pixelbook 2, and the Pixel 3a Effect Brydge C-Type: The Best Wireless Keyboard For Your Chromebook Poin2 Chromebook 14 Review: Best Sub-$300 Chromebook With A Catch Chrome OS 75 Rolls Out, New Features and Fixes in Tow Prime Day Is Coming: How To Find The Best Deals - - - - - - - - - This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
1:07:11
June 28, 2019
Google Leaves The Tablet Game, Leaks The Pixel 4
It's been an eventful couple weeks with Google and as we return to our regularly-scheduled podcast, we're talking about some of the major shifts Google is making from a hardware perspective.  From deciding to officially call it quits on making a Google-branded tablet to leaking an image of the Pixel 4, Google has grabbed a ton of media attention. Add to that the impressive performance of Stadia at E3 2019 and we have a ton to talk about this week.  This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time!  This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
1:01:16
June 21, 2019
Stadia Is Coming, iPad OS Has Limits, and Linux Apps Improve
In this week's episode, we are mainly dominated by the announcements surrounding Google's Stadia cloud gaming service.  With availability, pricing, and an initial game lineup finally revealed, we take some time to react to all that could be coming in the near future. We also talk quite a bit about iPad OS and the new announcements surrounding Apple's update to the iPad lineup.  With rumors of mouse support and the announcement of a "desktop class" browser, there were rumblings that Chromebooks should be worried. inally, we spend some time talking through some pretty great improvements coming in Chrome OS 76 for Linux apps.   You can find links to all the things we discuss below.  Enjoy! NOTABLE LINKS: Why I Think Google Stadia Will Be The Real Deal Then There Were Five: Chrome OS Adds New, Quick-Fix Channel Small Change Makes Big Difference In Chromebook Settings For Chrome OS 76 Google Expands Consumer Chromebook Market In Australia iPads Getting Desktop-Class Browser and Mouse Support: Trouble For Chromebooks? Chrome OS 76 Vastly Improves Gaming and Graphics Performance For Linux Apps [VIDEO] It's Not Just You - Linux Apps Are Completely Broken With The Latest Dev Channel Update This episode is brought to to you by NordVPN.  Secure your browsing  on any device and keep your private data to yourself! CLICK HERE to try it out and get 75% off a three-year plan for a limited time! This episode is also brought to you by Blue Apron. Perfectly-Portioned, chef designed meals delivered to your doorstep. Ready in 20 Minutes. Step-By-Step Recipes. Freshness Guaranteed. CLICK HERE to get started. Last but certainly not least, this podcast is also brought to you by WordPress.com,our go-to platform for creating websites! This is not just another website builder, WordPress.com is a full-featured web platform with thousands and thousand of plugins and tons of scale. If you just need a personal site or want to create an online business, WordPress.com will have you covered. Go to ChromeUnboxed.com/WordPress to find the plan that is right for you and create your very own website.
1:05:15
June 7, 2019
ARM Chips in Pixelbooks, Magic Trackpads, and Pixel Slate Price Slash
In this week on The Chrome Cast we cover a lot of ground.  From news of the Pixelbook being tested with ARM chips to gauging the worth of the Pixel Slate in light of the $200 price slash to finally welcoming the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 as a fully-supported Chrome OS accessory, this episode gets into a ton of news from the past week.  We've put in the show notes below all the links to all the things we talked about, so check those out and enjoy this week's edition of The Chrome Cast! NOTABLE LINKS: Possible Google-Made Chromebook With ARM Chipset Shows Up In Geekbench Get $200 Off The Pixel Slate of Your Choice Buying A New Chromebook? Don't Forget To Check The Expiration Date Group Calls in Duo Are Now Love For All Here is Your Best Option for a Wireless Trackpad For Any Chromebook What's Actually In My Bag
1:00:04
May 31, 2019
Chrome OS Bridging the App Gap & The Pixel Effect
In this week's episode, we talk through quite a few things, but there is a clear theme that runs throughout the entire episode: the app gap.  Chrome OS as an ecosystem is slowly overcoming these missing pieces in the form of a proper video editor in Adobe Premiere Rush and through an upcoming ability to run containered, legacy Windows apps with the help of Droplet Computing. Those two things are worth a ton of discussion as they remove the barrier of entry for many users and make the adoption of Chromebooks a much easier transition for those people who "just need that one app." In addition, we discuss the importance of the Pixel 3a as not just an affordable phone in Google's Pixel lineup, but as a possible harbinger of a future where Google sees the importance of high-quality, low cost hardware for Chromebooks from the #madebyGoogle brand as well.  While discussing hardware, we also cover the latest smart device, the Lenovo Smart Clock which we have in the office for review. NOTABLE LINKS: Droplet Computing Is Back!  Running Windows Apps Locally on a Chromebook Is Just Around The Corner The Possible Effect The Pixel 3a Could Have on Chromebooks [VIDEO] Lenovo's Smart Clock w/Google Assistant Now Up For Pre-Order For $79 Adobe Premiere Rush Lands on Android Today, Chromebooks Support Coming Soon Chrome OS Brings Android's Rich Media Notifications To Chromebooks Chrome and Edge Get UI Overhaul for Picture-in-Picture (PIP)
1:03:10
May 24, 2019
Chrome OS, Apps, and the Future of Computing
This week we're in a post-Google I/O hangover, talking through a ton of news that has happened since the event and a few things that were pretty important that occurred after last week's podcast at I/O.  The big conversation continued to swirl around Hiroshi Lockheimer's rather bullish outlook that Chrome OS is positioned as the future of computing in Google's eyes.  With this in mind, we talked at length about what that means both from an app perspective and the user's perspective. We also covered down on quite a few things that have shown up this past week including the death of Campfire (Windows dual-boot for Chrome OS), the new Intel Zombieload Attack, a somewhat-plausible Pixelbook 2 sighting, the impending arrival of two smaller Chrome OS tablets, and Sonos finally getting around to adding the Google Assistant to their already-fantastic speaker lineup. ANOTABLE LINKS: Chromebooks Are the Future of Computing According to Google SVP Put Out The Campfire: Windows on Chrome OS is Probably Dead Google Kills Hyper-Threading on Chrome OS In Wake of Critical Intel Flaw New Chromebook Tablets Could Be Close to Launch Possible Pixelbook 2 Shows Up In Geekbench Results Crostini For All: Every Chromebook Launched This Year To Be Linux-Ready The Long-Awaited Brydge C-Type Keyboard for Chrome OS is Now Available Sonos Will Finally Bring The Google Assistant To Beam and One Smart Speakers
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May 17, 2019
Let's Talk About Google I/O 2019
Google I/O 2019 has now come and gone and we are taking a bit of time talking though all the highlights from the event.  There were new devices announced, tons of new services, and quite a bit of Chrome OS-specific news unveiled.   On the broader Google front, we discuss the affect the new Pixel 3a could have on Google's hardware efforts, Google's rebranding of Home devices to the Nest nomenclature, and a bit about some new skills that the Google Assistant will soon possess. On the Chrome OS side of things, we chatted about a ton of smaller things that are in the works for Chromebooks like Virtual Desktops, Android Instant Apps, a new PWA install flow, one-click Linux install for Android Studio, and Android P coming to most devices. Finally, we also talk about Chromebook market share growth and the affect that should have on app development for Chromebooks in the near future. NOTABLE LINKS: Next Generation Google Assistant Set To Revolutionize How We Talk To Devices Google Debuts Nest Hub Max, Rebrands and Drops Prices For Home Devices Google Brings One-Click Install for Android Studio on Chrome OS New PWA Install Prompt Coming to Chrome 76 on All Platforms Chromebook Desktop-Class Apps are Coing With Flutter For Desktop and Flutter For Web Chromebooks Make Big Strides in Sales Numbers in Q4 of 2018 Crostini Report: What's New With Linux on Chromebooks
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May 10, 2019
Getting Ready For Google I/O 2019
Google I/O, though routinely a developer's conference, looks to be bringing us some new hardware along with all the new software we can expect for the future from Google.  Though I/O is clearly aimed at developers, there's a ton of news that comes out of this event about all the things that we can expect from Google in the coming months for all us non-developer types, so it will be an exciting week.   On the hardware front, we're talking a bit about 'Atlas' and whether or not we think it could be the next Pixelbook or not and whether we'll possibly see it next week at Google I/O.  With the Pixel 3a and 3a XL definitely coming along with the Google Nest Home Hub, who knows?  We'll be dug in and tuned in for all the fun next week! We also talk through a few new changes coming to Chrome OS, including VPN support being extended to Linux apps on Chrome OS, virtual desktops getting closer for Chromebook, Picture-in-Picture features, and Chrome OS 74 rolling out to many devices with tons of fun new features like PDF annotation and better file management. On the current hardware front, we chat about the recent review of the ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 and the upcoming review for the insanely-affordable Poin2 Chromebook 14.  Between the small bezels, small footprint, premium build and exceptional user experience, the review on the Flip C434 is full of a lot of positives and very few negatives. SHOW NOTES: What we're expecting and hoping for at Google I/O 2019 Some thoughts on 'Atlas' and whether or not we could see it at next week's event Some thoughts on a few sessions expected at I/O aimed at Chrome OS VPN support coming for Linux apps on Chromebooks Virtual Desks getting closer than ever for Chrome OS Picture-in-Picture is getting a mute button Chrome OS 74 is here with a ton of new features ASUS Chromebook Flip C434 Review
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May 3, 2019
The Chrome Cast - Ep. 8
In this week’s episode of The Chrome Cast, we discuss upcoming devices, new Chrome tweaks, a bit about baseboards, the Chromium repositories, and open source development. HIGHLIGHTS New changes coming to the YouTube Channel New Samsung flaship Chromebook in the works A bit about baseboards and unibuilds Discussion on Samsung’s folding phone and future tech in general HP Chromebook x2 versus the Pixel Slate
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April 27, 2019
The Chrome Cast - Ep. 7
We’re excited to be back! In this episode of The Chrome Cast, we discuss new services, new partnerships between Amazon and Google, upcoming devices, Google I/O 2019, a new #madebyGoogle device, and more! HIGHLIGHTS Exciting new changes at Chrome Unboxed New AMD Chromebook board with flagship-level power A new #madebyGoogle device is in the works YouTube TV adds Discovery Channel lineup Microsoft office document editing in Google Docs Google and Amazon are friends again: Chromecast support coming to Prime Videos and YouTube comes back to Fire TV Google I/O coming soon with tons of Chrome OS sessions
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April 20, 2019
The Chrome Cast - Ep. 6
In this episode of The Chrome Cast, we discuss a ton of new Chrome devices both announced and rumored, the first Chrome OS tablet sighting, Google Assistant, and more. HIGHLIGHTS New Chromebooks announced New rumored Chromebooks Acer’s Chrome OS Tablet leaked at BETT Neverware and Google together at BETT Split Screen and Android Parellel apps 3D Gaming With WebGL Fuchsia up and running on the Pixelbook Google Assistant everywhere
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February 6, 2018
The Chrome Cast - Ep. 5
In this episode of The Chrome Cast, we discuss some new Chromebook features, Progressive Web Apps, Santa and more. Pixelbook vs. Samsung Pro/ASUS Flip C302 Dictation on Chrome OS Free Netflix AR Stickers on the Pixel 2 a.k.a. why’s Robby salty? Santa on Google Home Google Home Max Progressive Web Apps Much, much more. Enjoy!
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December 24, 2017
The Chrome Cast - Ep. 2
For our latest podcast, we recorded a YouTube Live session at our home office. In this episode, we talk the biggest news in the Chromebook and Assistant space, including: Google Home Mini Pixelbook CES 2018 Upcoming high-powered hardware from Samsung & ASUS
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October 27, 2017
The Chrome Cast - Ep. 1
Hey everyone! We are super excited about Google’s hardware event coming up this Wednesday. We’ll be in attendance and ready to deliver all sorts of news and hands-on from the event, so be sure and subscribe to the website and YouTube Channel before then to keep up with all that happens. Additionally, you should follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ are great ways to stay connected and informed about everything we report on here at Chrome Unboxed.
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October 1, 2017
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